Meet Your Newest 76er, Charles Jenkins

Meet Your Newest 76er, Charles Jenkins

A tradition old as time: The Sixers pulling up at the trade deadline,
making only the crappiest, lowest-leverage deals possible. In the last
five years, the most consequential trade-deadline deal the Sixers made
was sending a second-round pick to Milwaukee for shooting guard Jodie
Meeks (a second-round rookie himself) back in 2009, a trade that at
least netted us a legitimate rotation player (if not a particularly
high-upside one) for the next couple seasons after. We can only hope
that the deal the Sixers made today—sending a second-rounder to Golden
State for combo guard Charles Jenkins—reaches a similar level of impact.



So who is Charles Jenkins? If you're anything but the most die-hard
of NBA or college ball followers, chances are pretty good you've never
heard of the guy. He enjoyed a very successful four-year career at NCAA
powerhouse Hofstra, averaging 22 and 5 his senior year, on impressive
52% shooting—albeit mostly against Colonial Athletic Association
competition. He was taken in the second round with the 44th pick by the
Golden State Warriors, and he got a fair bit of playing time last year
with the team in full-on tank mode, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 dimes a
game in under 18 minutes of action.


Decent numbers, but with the Warriors an actual playoff contender
this year, and the Warriors boasting one of the league's best backcourt
trio's in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jarrett Jack, Jenkins'
numbers sagged considerably this year, down to just 1.7 points and 0.6
assists a game on 42% shooting, in just under seven minutes a game.
Without a real role on the Golden State team and with the Warriors
looking to shed salary to stay under the luxury tax, they deemed Jenkins
expendable and shipped him to the Sixers. (Sam Amick tweets
that the Warriors won't likely ever even see a pick from the Sixers,
though what exactly that means is beyond my level of CBA expertise.)


On this Philly team, it's unclear what role Jenkins will have. He'll
likely push Royal Ivey for some backup guard minutes, but with Jeremy
Pargo signed for the rest of the season, he probably won't play much as
the team's primary backup point. He's more insurance against injuries to
Jrue and Evan, perhaps, but it's hard to see him really making much of
an impact in a fully-healthy Philly backcourt. All that said, my friend
Rich (a native Long Islander and Hofstra supporter) insists he could be a
steal:


Rich:  Jenkins may surpriseif you are expecting him to be awful
he'll be better than thatRich:  for the record, I am not being sarcastic
Andrew, Ads and I were in attendance when he broke the Hofstra scoring recordSpeedy Claxton was sitting courtsideit was star-studded


So there's that, at least. Besides, he's cheap, he's 23, he's got two working legs. Anything can happen.

Really,
as usual, the story isn't what the Sixers did at the trade deadline,
but more of what they didn't do: Namely, that they didn't deal
third-year frustration Evan Turner, who was very possibly being dangled
in front of the Orlando Magic in exchange for their shooting guard JJ
Redick. Ultimately, I'm glad no such deal went down—aside from my
personal attachment to ET, he's still a much higher-upside player than
the consistent shooter Redick, who would be a huge asset on a contending
team (too bad he got traded to the middling Bucks), but who would be
too expensive for a rebuilding team, as the Sixers may be the next year
or so. Still, the front office loves Redick, and if things are looking
good for the Sixers at the beginning of the next off-season—big
if—expect GM Tony DiLeo to make a push for him in free agency.


Anyway, looks like this is our team for the rest of the season. It
sucks, but at least there's still minor hope for the future, and at
least it'll be over before too long. Take solace in the little things.

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John Tavares, Jason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight -- including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season -- before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders (see full recap).

Schwartz lifts Blues over Canadiens in OT
ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.

Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron scored for Montreal, which completed a five-game trip 2-3.

Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-3.

Schwartz lifted a backhander past goalie Al Montoya with 1:22 left in overtime.

Stastny and Schwartz scored in a 2:51 span in the third period to tie it at 2 (see full recap).

Blackhawks blank Coyotes to snap modest skid
CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa had two goals, Scott Darling made 22 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game slide.

Artem Anisimov and Dennis Rasmussen also scored to help Chicago maintain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Darling made a handful of tough stops but wasn't heavily tested in his first shutout this season and third of his career. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, who had an appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game -- surpassing his total of 13 last season in 64 contests (see full recap).

Best of NBA: Magic overcome Wall's 52 points to beat Wizards

Best of NBA: Magic overcome Wall's 52 points to beat Wizards

WASHINGTON -- Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and the Orlando Magic overcame John Wall's 52-point performance to beat the Washington Wizards, 124-116 on Tuesday night.

Wall had the highest-scoring game of his career and kept Washington in it with 33 points in the second half as the Wizards cut the lead below 10 in the fourth quarter. The guard made 18 of 31 from the field and added eight assists.

Payton went 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line off the bench in that first half, nearly matching his previous season best of 23 points in the first two quarters alone. Payton finished 9 for 12 and handed out nine assists.

Orlando won its third straight game and its 124 points were a season high (see full recap).

Spurs trounce Timberwolves to reach 13-0 on the road
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and the San Antonio Spurs improved to 13-0 on the road this season with a 105-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Leonard hit 11 of 15 shots after not scoring at all in the first quarter and Patty Mills scored 15 points off the bench for the Spurs (18-4), who played without Tony Parker after he bruised his left knee against Milwaukee on Wednesday night. San Antonio overcame a slow start to shoot 52.7 percent.

The Spurs moved past the 1969-70 New York Knicks to take sole possession of the second-best road start to begin a season in NBA history. The Golden State Warriors started 14-0 last year.

Zach LaVine scored 25 points for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 11 points and 14 rebounds, but shot just 3 of 16 (see full recap).

Anthony, Knicks blow past depleted Heat
MIAMI -- Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the New York Knicks beat the injury-ravaged Miami Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season. The Knicks lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter.

Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home.

The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quarter, when the Knicks went on a 27-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control. Anthony finished 13 for 27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah combined for 22 rebounds (see full recap).